Cheap meats: how to save money on beef, lamb and pork by choosing the right cut
There are several types of cheap meats to try if you want to slash your grocery bills and still enjoy a great meal.
Sweetbreads. Prairie oysters. Headcheese. Lamb’s fry. Variety meat. There’s no shortage of euphemisms used to describe offal – that is, the edible organs of an animal.
While some might find these meats unpalatable, for others, there’s nothing more delicious than an expertly cooked brain, liver, intestine, heart or kidney. Just ask Jelena Grujovic, Chef de Cuisine for the Members Dining Room at RACV City Club.
“I try to have at least one of the offal options on each menu, or at least to be part of the dish,” Jelena says.
As part of the winter 2022 menu in the Members Dining Room, Jelena has created a Lamb Brains Grenobloise, which she says is “very popular” with diners.
For the dish the lamb brains are pan-fried with a grenobloise sauce comprising beurre noisette, lemon, capers and herbs. Combined with an earthy celeriac crème and topped with thin-sliced sourdough for crunch, Jelena says the “lamb brains just melts in your mouth.”
Not only is offal tasty, it’s also packed with nutrients (including protein, iron, folate and vitamins A and B12) and one of the most economic cuts of meat to buy.
Not a fan of offal? There are plenty of other cuts of meat that you can swap into your weekly shopping list to save money.